Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,200,000)
The Cobb County COSSAP initiative, located in Cobb County Georgia, will reduce the impact of opioids on individuals and communities, including a reduction in the number of overdose fatalities, as well as mitigate the impacts on crime victims by supporting comprehensive, collaborative initiatives in our community. Cobb’s COSSAP will encourage and support the development of comprehensive, locally driven responses to opioids, stimulants, and other substances of abuse and expand access to supervision, treatment, and recovery support services across the criminal justice system; support law enforcement and other first responder diversion programs through peer support, crisis intervention and naloxone training and distribution; and promote education and prevention activities. The initiative will further continue to focus on systems change recommendation through Cobb’s Opioid Fatality Review which reviews cases of fatal and near fatal opioid overdoses. The initiative will also continue to focus on deep dive investigations into distributors and dealers to create a nexus between those activities and fatal and near-fatal opioid overdoses. All activities will be reported as required with data detailing initiatives including output information such as: the number of substance use disorder subjects reached through the specific initiative; the number of naloxone dosages distributed; the number of trainings hosted; the number of peer supporters trained and the work supported by the peer supporters; the number of crisis response member call outs and the detailed work of team members; the number of services provided by the case manager; the number of deaths reviewed by the fatality review team and the number of systems-change recommendations from the review. This funding will provide our community the ability to continue our current efforts, build upon those efforts with an increased focus on peer support and Narcan distribution, saturate the community with information and resources, and ultimately save lives.